in post season flurry of stats, lots of love for Beltre. In a top 50 list, and rated 4th best 3B overall at our sibling "beyond the box score"
Somebody on the Cincy Reds site says Adrian "doesn't want to play for a team in rebuilding mode" like the Mariners.
http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2008/10/31/649202/best-third-basemen-of-2008 But trade wise, that is not his decision, is it? In contract year, the guy is gonna give the best performance he can.
so for my $.02, I'd rather pursue Beltre than all those shortstops who, especially in 2nd and 3rd year of contract likely no better than Manny B. Burriss looks to have an upside with the bat, especially since he covers shortstop decently. Put him at second, the value declines a lot
Meanwhile Jayson Stark says Astros are trying to move Tejada to drop payroll. Maybe something could be worked out there. I realize his hitting has been declining for 4 years, gradually lost 100 in the slugging column.